Indonesia’s Hajj and Umrah operators count cost of pandemic

As Indonesia faces the health implications of a surge in coronavirus cases, the country’s Hajj and Umrah tour operators have been particularly badly affected by the economic fallout from the global pandemic. After authorities in Saudi Arabia announced that only a few thousand pilgrims who res

Indonesia’s Muslims switch to online services for annual sacrifice ritual

A few weeks before Eid Al-Adha is usually a busy time for Dudi Rustandi, an employee of a private information technology firm based in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta.  For the past 20 years, Rustandi has volunteered at his local mosque in South Tangerang, south of Jakarta, to organi

Anger after Indonesia agrees to pave paradise for coal road project

Conservationists on Tuesday slammed a decision by the Indonesian government to allow a mining contractor company to build a road through a restoration forest in South Sumatra. Critics claim the project could damage the sensitive ecosystem and threaten the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, the o

Tech-savvy Indonesians go off-grid to help to remote villages fight virus

JAKARTA- A group of tech-savvy young locals in Indonesia’s northern North Halmahera regency is spreading awareness about the dangers of COVID-19 in remote corners of the archipelago at a time when bureaucracy has impeded a rapid response to the pandemic. The Relawan Merah Putih, or Red and Wh

Nine missing after Indonesia boat accident

Nine fishermen are missing in Indonesia after their boat capsized off Sumatra island, an official said Tuesday, as poor conditions hamper the search for them.Their vessel sank Monday after it was hit by bad weather and high waves off the island’s northwestern coast.“The search has not be

Indonesia launches cloud-seeding operation in bid to alleviate deadly flooding

Indonesia has launched an emergency cloud-seeding operation to try and divert rain from the capital Jakarta where floods have claimed 53 lives and forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes.Two air force planes were deployed to inject sodium chloride over clouds in a bid to induce and break

Indonesia's security minister Wiranto hurt after stabbing attack

A man wielding a knife attacked Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto on Thursday 10-10-2019, during a visit to the town of Pandeglang in Banten province on the island of Java, images from police and television showed. Indonesian national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo confirmed the incident